Abigail Hursey Jackson, 75, of Laytonsville, MD and formerly Dublin, NC, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep, on November 4, 2021. She was a devoted grandmother, who adored her two grandchildren, who called her Memaee. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilma Virginia Carroll Hursey and Theron David Hursey II, and her niece, Roberta Lauren Hursey.
Abigail was born at home in Dublin, NC on March 30, 1946. She attended Dublin Primary School, Elizabethtown High School and Campbell University, studying Home Economics. While there, she met a dashing young man from Elizabeth City, NC, William (Bill) Jackson, and was married on April 9, 1967. They moved to Ft. Meade, MD, where Bill was stationed in the Army. She pursued a degree in Elementary Education with a music specialization and graduated from the University of Maryland. She received her master’s degree from Marywood University, and taught elementary school music for thirty-two years before retiring in 2002 from the Anne Arundel County Public School System.
When Abigail wasn't doting on her grandchildren, she enjoyed doll collecting, needlework, sewing, shopping, spending time at the Outer Banks, and attending doll conventions. She loved children and enjoyed whenever they visited her home. Abigail loved playing piano and loved listening to her family play music and sing even more. She adored all her family and looked forward to spending time with them, especially at Christmas. Abigail and Bill were foster parents to six children at various times during their marriage. They also hosted two foreign exchange students whom they considered their children: Monica Martins Monteiro of Sao Paolo, Brazil and Gontijo Jordan Pinto of Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at Bladen-Gaskins Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, NC on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 5 -7 pm. The funeral service will take place at Dublin First Baptist Church at 11:00 am on Thursday, November 11 with a graveside service at Allen Cemetery immediately following. A Celebration of Life Service with visitation following will take place at the Olney Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Olney, Maryland on November 15, 2021 at 6 pm.
Abigail is survived by her loving husband, William Johnson Jackson of the home; daughter Sheryl Lynn Cruz and husband Eric, granddaughter Erica Lynn Cruz and grandson Jackson Scott Cruz of Laytonsville, MD; brother Theron David Hursey III and wife Jacqueline of Dublin, NC; nieces Cristin Hursey, Carmen Hursey Greene and Davida Hursey Hall, as well as many beloved relatives and friends who were like family.
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